David W. Titley

David W. Titley

  • Affiliate Professor, Department of Meteorology
  • Affiliate Professor, School of International Affairs
523 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: dwt12@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 867-4750


  1. Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University
  2. Master of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School
  3. Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School
  4. Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI on Foreign Politics, International Relations, and National Interest.


David Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral.  Dr. Titley’s career included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; oceanographer and navigator of the Navy; and deputy assistant chief of naval operations for information dominance.  He also served as senior military assistant for the director, Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In 2009, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.  After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Dr. Titley serves on numerous advisory boards and National Academies of Science committees, including the CNA Military Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for the Council on Strategic Risks, the Science and the National Academy of Science Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.  He currently chairs the National Academies Climate Communcations Initiative committee.

Dr. Titley is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.   He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  In 2017, Dr. Titley was the recipient of the College of Earth and Mineral Science Wilson Award for excellence in service.